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Old 01-24-2007, 08:14 PM   #1
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Default Sheesh, finding deals can be tough. Oh, and I have questions.

Turkey fryer sets are cheap...if you like aluminum. And I don't.

So far I'm the high bidder on a 30-quart pot on eBay (don't outbid me!). It'll cost me, with shipping included, as little as $38 or as much as $50. I'm not bidding any higher than that. I still need to get a burner, though. I saw a post here of a burner that everyone seems to love; do I need a great one or will any ol' thing do?

Can propane tanks stay outside in the cold? I don't have room to bring it inside.

I still need to get a cooler, too. Does anyone have a preference there? I'll have to use some of the tutorials around here to convert it into a mash tun. I'm thinking of just using a hose braid as a filter instead of a false bottom. Anyone else use this method?

I was just going to use my old brew pot as a hot liquor tank and use a bowl to pour the sparge water over the grain bed. I don't have a nozzle on said brew pot so as to create a nifty sparge setup.

I've also decided to get an oxygen stone and air pump. How much power should the pump have if I'm aerating the beer in my kettle? I realize the pressure of the wort will increase with the depth at which I place the stone.

Most of my ideas are straight from this tutorial. Someone posted a great video yesterday of a guy doing an all-grain batch, but his methodology and equipment differed a bit from the tutorial I read.

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Old 01-24-2007, 08:17 PM   #2
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Instead of a cooler i would buy a 16 gallon keg from the scrap yard for when you want to brew bigger batchs you already have the means.

yeah, your propane tank can stay out all winter.

BTW, i just outbid a guy on a 30 qt pot on ebay, i got it for 51 dollars. Is that a good deal?

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Old 01-24-2007, 08:20 PM   #3
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BTW, i just outbid a guy on a 30 qt pot on ebay, i got it for 51 dollars. Is that a good deal?
Nice.

So use a keg as a mash tun? I take it its insulation properties are just as good?
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yeah, search the word keggle.

It is SS so the insulation porperties are great. I wrapped mine with a blanket this saturday when it was 20 degrees out and in my garage mine stayed at 153 for an hour.

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If you are on a budget, the Backyard Classic from Walmart can't be beat. It works just fine for brewing. Don't go by the one they list online. It has un-needed accessories and costs more. The one they tend to have in the stores is what you want.

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Old 01-25-2007, 12:17 AM   #6
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I picked up the backyard classic from walmart a few weeks ago, it's great and cheap.. but aluminum.

As far as your propane tank, it is perfectly fine to leave outside, I would recomend putting a plastic bag over the valve so it does not freeze up.

With the mash tun, I actually leve my mash in the kettle. Last weekend 19º outside and in an aluminum kettle it held 152º for 45 min, then I just lit the burner again for 10 min. and it was fine after. Then I have a 5 gal. bucket with a spigot and I bought a "grease splash shield" for frying and used the screen as a false bottom. Works like a charm.

I think I will eventually be going to a keggle (16gal.) so If you feel that you may do this also, in the long run you will save money if you just get it (keggle) now.

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I'd have to concur on the keggle. Definitely good for large OG or 10 gallon batches, plus they will last forever, and can be foudn for cheap - I got 2 for $45 (uncut)
As far as the burner - you're kinda stuck price wise if you refuse to use aluminum. I got two turkey fryers for $50 at Target ( I then heard of people finding some for around $10 and wanted to kick my own arse).
You may want to try Walmart, Target etc for some cheap prices and save on shipping.

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Restaurant supply houses (and especially the ones catering to Mexican places) can have some good deals on pots.

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I won the eBay auction. I got a brand-new 30-quart pot for $44 (that includes shipping). Now I just need to find a burner and put a mash tun together.

It's all falling into place...muahahahahaha!

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